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Adolescence

Why We Have the Time to Actually Live Our Lives

Madeline Wahl | Posted 04.30.2014 | Women
Madeline Wahl

I emerged from the subway to a crisp Sunday afternoon with clear skies and snowflakes on the sidewalk and as I was thinking about what chores I had to do that evening I heard a woman say, "Excuse me, do you have the time?"

Changing the Cultural Conversation About Adolescence

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Since we are profoundly social creatures, it may not be such a surprise that our social experiences literally shape the wiring of our social brains.

When Motherhood Becomes More Complicated

Lindsey Mead | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

It feels like as soon as I figured out how to truly love being a mother with children at home, it's almost over. More and more, I feel the tension between holding on and letting go.

Misery Never Felt So Rewarding

Linda Flanagan | Posted 03.19.2014 | Books
Linda Flanagan

Jennifer Senior's book All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood is a tonic to the realist school of childrearing, exploring the grind in the job along with the bliss. We're having no fun, and we are no fun, but we wouldn't do it any differently.

3 Steps to Disconnecting From Our Phones and Reconnecting With Our Teens

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. | Posted 03.09.2014 | Parents
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who's seen a young parent text for blocks with their infant in their arms. Or been in an elevator full of people who, instead of engaging in the informal conversations that connect us to each other in community, are each on their gadgets, typing furiously away.

Why Our Teenagers Feel Compelled to Connect on Social Media

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. | Posted 03.01.2014 | Parents
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

With heads down and screens lit up, watching our teens plug in can feel confusing, disappointing and even like rejection to us.

7 Signals You Can Send to Your Teen Right Now Instead of a Text

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

The digital world of chatting and texting is generally confined to letters and words, and the photos and videos sent are often not interactive; they are one-way streams of information.

Science and the Adolescent Brain

Terrence Deak, Ph.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Science
Terrence Deak, Ph.D.

If we know that the brain is going through profound changes during adolescence, perhaps adolescents, parents, and teachers should try to learn a little more about how the brain works in general and some of the specific changes that occur during this time.

A Shift from Online to Offline: Adolescence, the Internet and Social Participation

Undergraduate Awards | Posted 02.11.2014 | Technology
Undergraduate Awards

Participants described their enhanced social self-esteem through positive peer feedback via online comments and 'likes' which reiterates their desire to ultimately seek social validation.

Teens and That Winter Jacket:The Dilemma

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

The title of this article may seem silly to those who are not yet the parent of a teenager. Parents of teenagers, however, most likely got a bit of a ...

Learning From Our Children

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 02.05.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

How many of us have really thought about why we became parents, what our expectations were and how we're meeting those expectations? Most of us have gotten to a point in our children's lives when we ask ourselves, "How did this happen? What am I doing wrong?"

How Teens Embarrass Parents

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Remember the last time you were gossiping on the phone with a friend or the last time you were unusually judgmental? Your teens are paying attention and will be happy to point out how what you say and do aren't consistent. Be careful.

Is Drinking Alone an Early Warning Sign?

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Most people start drinking for social purposes, and most of those go on to lives of moderate social drinking. Only a fraction of them become alcoholic as adults. But what about those early outliers, the ones without a party to go to, or friends to meet?

Could Something Be Wrong? My Son Spends All His Time in His Room

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

It is hard to admit that our child may be struggling; we want so much to think that they're happy and well. And sometimes we assume the worst when our child is just going through a rough patch. But if your instincts suggest something is wrong, I urge you to take steps to find out.

Why I WISH I Had Time For A Midlife Crisis

Alison Patton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Alison Patton

I just realized the other day that I'm at the age where I should be having my midlife crisis. In fact, when I think back, my parents went through theirs right about this same time of life.

Regain the Courage to Be Good

Zilong Wang | Posted 12.28.2013 | College
Zilong Wang

A recent conversation with friend woke me up to a surprising realization: I seem to have regained the courage to be good, after years of hiding behind the cover of evil.

Forget About Controlling Your Thighs, and Other Wisdom from Debora Spar's Wonder Women

Linda Flanagan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Linda Flanagan

For any woman who has grappled with competing identities over the years, Spar's book is a refreshing acknowledgement of the impossible expectations women carry around with them, starting in adolescence and extending into old age.

What's At The Core Of My Strong Compulsion To Be Liked?

Robin Hoffman | Posted 12.22.2013 | Fifty
Robin Hoffman

I remember my mom saying that I treated my friends better than my family. Immediately, I knew it was true. My family was stuck with me, warts and all, or so I thought back then.

If I Could Tell My Adolescent Self What I Know Now

Lena Oh | Posted 11.30.2013 | College
Lena Oh

I've witnessed too many ironies in my life and have gone through painful experiences. Despite learning from these mistakes, I wish I could tell my young self what I know now. And if some genius happens to create a time machine in my lifetime, these are the things that I'd say.

An Improbable Nanny

Dana Clark | Posted 11.30.2013 | Comedy
Dana Clark

Being a professional nanny is a kind of ridiculous satire for a girl raised by a single dad.

Yuppies: Under Pressure

Alexandra Silver-Fagan | Posted 11.19.2013 | College
Alexandra Silver-Fagan

Many of us stick to the same menial, comfortable plan: college, 9 to 5 desk job, tiny apartment, and weekends spent plopped on the couch eating leftover Chinese food with a cat in our lap. If the world really is our oyster, why do we fail at creating the pearl?

Lisa Belkin

What Parents Should Do When Kids Twerk In Their Face

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.13.2013 | Parents

It’s your teenager’s job to upset you. To push your buttons, society’s limits, and that metaphorical envelope. They have so many ways to do this...

What My First Kiss Taught Me About Love

Wes Janisen | Posted 10.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Wes Janisen

When I compare my first kiss with a girl to my make-out session with what's-his-name, I realize that sexual orientation sometimes takes a back seat to other tenants of our identities, even as it relates to love.

Is Your Child Ungifted?

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 08.27.2013 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

When Jay Leno asked Steve Carell how his kids were doing, he didn't seem too concerned: "I hate it when people talk about kids on talk shows. I hat...

The Parental Balancing Act

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 08.04.2013 | Parents
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

By maintaining a balance between love and support with developmentally appropriate boundaries, children will grow up to be successful in navigating the world and accepting the realities that come with adulthood.